Stanford Football: How the Cardinal Can Beat the Oregon Ducks

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Stanford Football: How the Cardinal Can Beat the Oregon Ducks
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The No. 13 Stanford Cardinal (8-2, 6-1 Pac-12) will meet the No. 2 Oregon Ducks (10-0, 7-0 Pac-12) on Saturday in a game that has huge BCS Bowl implications for both teams.

Stanford's success this season will once again depend on the game against the Ducks.

The Cardinal's previous two seasons were nearly flawless, but even with Andrew Luck, Stanford couldn't get past Oregon. What could've been perfect seasons for the Cardinal were tarnished by the Ducks.

This year, Stanford is in a different situation. Losing to Washington and Notre Dame already, they are already out of the National Championship picture.

But if they finish the season with a couple of wins, a Rose Bowl berth is likely.

For Oregon, a spot in the National Championship is on the line. Stanford is their last real test, and if they can get past the Cardinal, there's no real reason for any other team to sneak ahead of them in the rankings.

The Ducks are heavy favorites in this matchup, but Stanford has a chance to spoil their season. Will Oregon finally fall to Stanford? 

It's possible.

Here's how and why the Cardinal can pull off the upset.

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